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Risk Factors for Gallstone Formation

Specialty:

Gastroenterology
General Surgery

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

Gallstones (cholelithiasis) tend to form when the bile concentrations of bile acids, cholesterol and lecithin are altered. This results in a loss of aqueous solubility with precipitation as crystals. Certain conditions are associated with certain types of stones and with the frequency of their occurrence. While many of the risk factors cannot be modified, some factors such as diet or medication can be changed to lower the total risk.

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